Sundays : A Fantasy by Daisy Fellowes with illustrations by Vertes
New York : Ivan Obolensky, 1961. First American Edition. Stated. Hardcover. 115 pages ; illustrated ; 21 cm. $3.75 dust jacket with a few 1' tears on the front and back of the jacket. A touch of foxing to the front and back of the front free endpapers. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
The lyrical beauty of the French countryside and the simple lives of its inhabitants have seldom been more deftly evoked than in this charming fantasy. While taking the baths in the old city of Dax in the Basque country, Daisy Fellowes and the painter Vertes made up a story about some of the characters they came across—Germai-ne the young and idealistic 'bonne', the eccentric masseuse, the grand and greedy banker, the unfaithful Viscount, the ordinary man who redeems her, and last but not least the small, clandestine dog. We follow the adventures of Germaine in her wanderings through rural and provincial France as, like every princess, she runs away from her garret above the kitchen and becomes rich and beautiful. But unlike every princess, her story continues: she meets many intriguing and strange characters and suffers sorrow and disappointment before again finding happiness in the countryside where the story began.
No one but Daisy Fellowes with her insight and love for the people of her country could have written this fairy story in modern dress : no one but Vertes could have illustrated it so happily.
DAISY FELLOWES who is bilingual, is part French, part American, and part English. She began writing at an early age under the influence of Hilaire Belloc and was encouraged to continue writing by her friends Mrs. Belloc Lowndes and Maurice Baring. In France, she met and became an intimate friend of Paul Claudel and Jean Cocteau. Her books include Cats in the Isle of Man, Les Filles du Diable and a French version of Sundays under the tide of La Comtesse de Narbomie.
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